Croatia goalkeeper Dominic Kivakovic saved penalties from Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma, and Maya Yoshida earlier than Mario Pasalic netted the profitable spot-kick of their 3-1 shootout win over Japan on Monday to achieve the World Cup quarter-finals.
With the scores deadlocked at 1-1 after an absorbing 90 minutes, Japan’s Kaoru Mitoma went closest within the scrappy half-hour of additional time, forcing Kivakovic to parry away his highly effective drive.
Daichi Kamada had shot off beam after a flowing Japan counter-attack minutes earlier than Daizen Maeda deservedly put them forward within the forty third minute, firing dwelling from shut vary after Ritsu Doan delivered an in-swinging cross into the penalty space.
Croatia ahead Ivan Perisic, who was denied by Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda within the opening minutes, pulled them stage 10 minutes into the second half after assembly Dejan Lovren’s cross with a robust header.
Croatia will face both Brazil or South Korea within the quarter-finals.
Daizen Maeda scored from a well-worked brief nook simply earlier than the break to offer Japan a 1-0 halftime lead over Croatia of their World Cup last-16 conflict on Monday.
Maeda related with Ritsu Doan’s cross to interrupt the impasse within the forty third minute as the perimeters battled it out for the best to satisfy Brazil or South Korea, who play in a while Monday, within the quarter-finals.
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu introduced Takehiro Tomiyasu into his defence rather than the suspended Ko Itakura as one in all three modifications to his facet for the FIFA World Cup last-16 sport towards Croatia on Monday.
Itakura had obtained a second yellow card of the event in Japan’s gorgeous upset of Spain of their ultimate group match, so Tomiyasu, who has made two appearances off the bench as he struggles to shake off an harm, begins.
Moriyasu additionally introduced Wataru Endo and Ritsu Doan again into his midfield on the expense of Takefusa Kubo and Ao Tanaka, who scored towards Spain.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made two modifications to his largely settled beginning line-up, bringing in Borna Barisic for Borna Sosa at left again and Bruno Petkovic for Marko Livaja in midfield.
Shuichi Gonda; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Maya Yoshida (captain), Shogo Taniguchi; Junya Ito, Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita, Yuto Nagatomo; Ritsu Doan, Daichi Kamada, Daizen Maeda
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu (JPN)
Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Barisic; Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric (captain), Marcelo Brozovic; Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic
Coach: Zlatko Dalic (CRO)
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
(With enter from companies)